Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

DENVER, CO - JULY 29:  Chris Heisey #28 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates a run scored in the dugout in the eighth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.   (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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With this Tuesday marking the trade deadline, where does your favorite team stand in this week's MLB power rankings?

1: Cincinnati Reds (61-40, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 6-0

Winner of 10 straight and 17-2 in their last 19 games, the Reds are the hottest team in baseball right now without question, and they have a big three-game series with the Pirates coming up this weekend.

The scariest part for opponents is the fact that the Reds have rattled off their current winning streak without superstar first baseman Joey Votto, as the team will be that much better once he returns from knee surgery.

img2: Washington Nationals (61-40, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 6-1

The Nationals released veterans Rick Ankiel and Xavier Nady this past week, as they will apparently go young with their bench down the stretch and rely on the likes of Tyler Moore and Corey Brown to provide a spark.

Their pitching continues to be what carries the team, but the offense is solid in its own right and Michael Morse is starting to heat up coming off of a .321 BA, three HR, nine RBI week that was capped with a game-tying two-run home run and game-winning two-run double on Sunday.

3: New York Yankees (60-41, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Yankees made a splash last week, acquiring Ichiro Suzuki from the Mariners to fill the void in left field with Brett Gardner out for the season. He's not the player he was in his prime, but Ichiro has only played in one postseason in his career, so he's no doubt hungry for a chance to play for a title.

The team lost Alex Rodriguez to a fractured hand when he was hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch, and as a result the team has made a long list of potential replacements, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports, one of which they will likely acquire before the deadline.

4: Texas Rangers (59-41, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Rangers remain in the hunt for a starting pitcher as the deadline approaches, and they were dealt a blow when Neftali Feliz was scratched from his rehab start on Sunday with discomfort in his throwing arm (ESPN).

Zack Greinke landing with the Angels undoubtedly closes the gap between the two teams in the AL West, although both teams look poised for a postseason trip. In the end, the Rangers unwillingness to move top prospects Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar (and justifiably so) will likely mean going on with the roster they have.

5: Pittsburgh Pirates (58-43, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Pirates showed they are committed to making a playoff push this season, as they acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Astros for three prospects. However, the search continues to offensive help, although top prospect Starling Marte could provide a spark.

Kevin Correia, who was bumped from the rotation with the acquisition of Rodriguez, is presumably on the block and perhaps the team can use him to acquire some offensive help before the deadline passes.

6: Atlanta Braves (57-44, Previous: 9)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Braves have now missed out on Zack Greinke and Ryan Dempster (assuming he does not change his mind), and remain in the hunt for a starting pitcher to bolster their staff down the stretch.

That said, they are playing as well as anyone right now having won five straight and with a 16-8 record in July. Ben Sheets (3-0, 0.50 ERA) has done better than anyone could have hoped through his first three starts and he could very well wind up being the answer to their pitching problems.

7: Los Angeles Angels (55-47, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Angles landed the prize of the deadline in Zack Greinke, and the acquisition is even bigger when you consider that the Rangers were among the other teams pursuing the right-hander.

The team also got back catcher Chris Iannetta on Saturday, as he has not played since May 8 after suffering a fractured wrist. In his absence the duo of Bobby Wilson (.226 BA, 2 HR, 9 RBI) and John Hester (.212 BA, 3 HR, 4 RBI) have brought little in the way of offensive production.

8: Chicago White Sox (55-46, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Having already acquired Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers, the White Sox landed one of the better starters on the market in Francisco Liriano on Sunday. 

Liriano will slide into Chris Sale's rotation spot, as the White Sox will reportedly (Matt Snyder, CBSSports) shut down the All-Star temporarily while he deals with what they are deeming "dead arm" in this his first year in the starting rotation.

9: Oakland Athletics (55-46, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

While it wasn't Hanley Ramirez, the A's made a nice under-the-radar move on Sunday in acquiring Brewers backup catcher George Kottaras for reliever Fautino De Los Santos. Kottaras has a .409 OBP on the season in 86 at-bats and he provides decent power for the position.

Shortstop remains a black hole in Oakland, and with Ramirez and Marco Scutaro now off the market there doesn't appear to be much in the way of options for the A's to improve the position. Still, they continue to play well and have set themselves up to make a run at a wild-card spot.

10: Los Angeles Dodgers (56-47, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Dodgers looked poised to make a big move since the beginning of July, and they did just that in landing Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez, who is under contract for the next two years and will be a big part of the Dodgers efforts moving forward.

So far he is 7-for-21 with one home run and seven RBI, as the change of scenery looks to have done him good. Now the Dodgers will look to add a starter to round out their rotation before the deadline, as they push toward a postseason appearance.

11: Detroit Tigers (54-48, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Tigers filled their two biggest needs with one trade, dealing top pitching prospect Jacob Turner and two other prospects to the Marlins for right-hander Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante.

After claiming the AL Central division lead last week, they dropped two of three to the Indians and Blue Jays and were once again passed by the White Sox. Those two teams look like they'll likely battle it out right down to the wire for the division title.

12: San Francisco Giants (55-46, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Giants filled one major need in trading for Marco Scutaro, who was immediately forced into a starting role with Pablo Sandoval hitting the DL with a hamstring injury.

They are still looking for bullpen help though, and, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the team has shown serious interest in Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, as he would push the struggling Santiago Casilla from the ninth inning role and shore up the closer role. 

13: St. Louis Cardinals (54-48, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

With the improved performance of their starting rotation and a lineup that is as healthy as it has been all season, the Cardinals are in a good position to make a late-season push without making a deal of any sort before the deadline.

Rookie Joe Kelly (1-4, 2.96 ERA) has been a big reason for the newfound confidence in the starting rotation, despite what his record may indicate, as he has recorded a quality start in each of his past seven starts.

14: Tampa Bay Rays (53-49, Previous: 16)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Preparing for the worst regarding the slow comeback of Evan Longoria, the Rays acquired Ryan Roberts from the Diamondbacks to help get them by for the time being.

Still, the team is a mess offensively and even with their terrific pitching staff they will need to pick things up with the bat if they want to remain in the playoff hunt. The team continues to listen to offers on starter James Shields, as he could be moved before the deadline.

15: Baltimore Orioles (53-49, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 2-5

While they are currently eight games behind the Yankees in the AL East, the Orioles are just two games back in the wild-card race, as their postseason hopes are still very much alive at this point.

Chris Tillman (4 GS, 3-1, 1.66 ERA, 17 Ks) has given the rotation a big boost, while Nick Markakis is finally healthy and hitting his stride with a .362/.413/.478 line in July.

16: Toronto Blue Jays (51-50, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The injuries just keep coming for the Blue Jays, as catcher J.P. Arencibia was shelved this past week with a fractured hand and will miss significant time, and shortstop Yunel Escobar is battling back problems right now.

They remain active on the trade market, and have most recently been linked to Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt (Jeff Pasan, Yahoo Sports) and remain in on Marlins starter Josh Johnson as well (Jayson Stark, ESPN).

17: Arizona Diamondbacks (51-51, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

For as much as the Giants and Dodgers have owned the headlines in the NL West this season, the defending division champion Diamondbacks are just 4.5 games off those two for the division lead.

They filled their biggest hole, third base, by acquiring Chris Johnson (.279 BA, 8 HR, 41 RBI) from the Astros on Sunday. Now they will look to make a late-season push and return to the postseason, as they look to build off of the experience they gained last season.

18: Boston Red Sox (51-51, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Red Sox are on the fringe of contention, as they are 10.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East but just 4.5 games out of the second wild-card spot in the AL.

However, despite not technically being out of the playoff race the team does not look to be in a position to buy and is actually shopping right-hander Josh Beckett, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports. Beckett has full 10-and-5 rights so he'd have to OK any trade that was made.

19: Cleveland Indians (50-52, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

With the Tigers getting hot and the White Sox playing well all season, the Indians find themselves on the outside looking in in the AL Central, although they are just five games out of the final wild-card spot in the AL.

The team could still look to add a player before the deadline, but as Buster Olney put it, anything they do will be designed to help them in 2013. On the selling side of things, Shin-Soo Choo has drawn some interest (from MLB Trade Rumors).

20: New York Mets (49-53, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 2-5

The Mets have been mired in a free fall since the All-Star break, going 3-13 in the second half and all but falling out of the playoff picture. They are currently 8.5 games out of the second wild-card spot in the National League.

Top prospect Matt Harvey made his big league debut on Thursday and was phenomenal, allowing just three hits and striking out 11 in 5.1 innings of work to earn the win, as he looks to have a very bright future.

21: Seattle Mariners (47-57, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

The Mariners pulled off the surprise move of the deadline so far when they sent Ichiro to the Yankees for a pair of prospects. The 38-year-old has spent his entire 12-year career with the Mariners, and he'll now have a chance to win his first ring.

Meanwhile, the team continues to search for answers offensively as they optioned first baseman Justin Smoak (.189 BA, 13 HR, 38 RBI) to the minors and activated Mike Carp from the DL. The team is looking for controllable hitters on the trade market to help the team for the next few seasons, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

22: Miami Marlins (47-54, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Once the Marlins decided to sell, they sold big as they started by dealing starter Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante to the Tigers for a package headlined by right-hander Jacob Turner.

The big move, however, was dealing Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers for Nathan Eovaldi and Scott McGough. The former batting title winner has been a disappointment the past few seasons, and in moving him the Marlins dumped the two years and $31.5 million remaining on his contract.

23: Philadelphia Phillies (45-57, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Following a sweep at the hands of the Braves this weekend, the Phillies could look to sell off guys like Shane Victorino, Juan Pierre and Joe Blanton with the possibility remaining that Hunter Pence could also be moved, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.

The team gave Cole Hamels a massive six-year, $144 million extension early last week, and while they fall under the category of seller right now they are still at team that will expect to contend next season.

24: Chicago Cubs (42-58, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

As of Sunday, the Cubs had yet to pull the trigger on any trades at the deadline, as starter Matt Garza was recently shut down until sometime in August and the team has yet to work a trade with Ryan Dempster.

The team has took two-of-three from the Pirates and Cardinals last week, capping things off with a walk-off home run from first baseman Anthony Rizzo who continues to impress (.333 BA, 7 HR, 17 RBI) since being called up in late June.

25: San Diego Padres (43-60, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Padres opted against selling two of their biggest trade chips, instead extending left fielder Carlos Quentin (three-year, $27 million) and closer Huston Street (two-year, $14 million).

Third baseman Chase Headley, on the other hand, is very much available, but his asking price is high and the Padres could very well hold onto him if they don't get the offer they're looking for, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

26: Milwaukee Brewers (45-56, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

A terrible week finally pushed Milwaukee to become sellers, and they shipped ace Zack Greinke to the Angels on Friday for a trio of highly regarded prospects in shortstop Jean Segura (No. 55 prospect overall, No. 2 Angels prospect) and right-handers John Hellweg (No. 4 Angels prospect) and Ariel Pena (No. 9 Angels prospect).

They also dealt backup catcher George Kottaras to the A's for reliever Fautino De Los Santos, as they look to replenish a thin farm system and set themselves up for a return to contention sooner rather than later.

27: Minnesota Twins (43-58, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Twins finally dealt starter Francisco Liriano on Sunday, sending him to the division rival White Sox for a pair of solid prospects who should be able to contribute right away, in infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

Third baseman Trevor Plouffe (19 HR, .855 OPS) had his breakout season of sorts interrupted by a thumb injury, and the Twins recalled Danny Valencia to take his place. 

28: Kansas City Royals (41-60, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

The Royals continue to struggle, and while they were weary of moving closer Jonathan Broxton earlier this month as they hoped to string together some wins in the second half, there is now a 60 to 70 percent chance he is moved according to a tweet from Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Meanwhile, Billy Butler (.306 BA, 20 HR, 63 RBI) continues to post fantastic numbers, and shortstop Alcides Escobar (.304 BA, 15 SB) has shown why he was a key piece in last year's Zack Greinke trade.

29: Colorado Rockies (37-63, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The return of Todd Helton from the disabled list means a return to the bench for Tyler Colvin (.278 BA, 13 HR, 41 RBI), but he figures to be a big part of the Rockies future as they'll look for a way to get his bat in the lineup every day moving forward.

Shortstop Josh Rutledge has also looked terrific in 14 games since being called up, going 20-for-54 and recently being bumped to the No. 2 spot in the lineup. The Rockies have some good young talent, they just need to address their rotation.

30: Houston Astros (35-68, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

The Astros continued dealing this past week, as Wandy Rodriguez was sent to the Pirates for a trio of prospects led by Robbie Grossman and third baseman Chris Johnson was dealt to the Diamondbacks for a pair of minor leaguers.

The Johnson trade could mean an extended look for former Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez at third base down the stretch as the team continues to evaluate their internal talent and move forward with the rebuilding process.


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